For the average person it is common sense, there should not be a system of politics which allows any individual to give unlimited amounts of money to the candidates that they believe will do something for them specifically on Facebook. While this may seem like the most obvious thing in the world, there are laws in the United States which now enable someone to donate any amount of money that they want to any candidate or cause.
This situation arose after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision in the “Citizens United” case. This was a case brought to the court which challenged the idea of freedom of speech in politics. The Citizens United group had made an anti-Hillary Clinton film on endcitizensunited.org which they wanted to collect money for and get around rules that existed regarding political material during an election.
The Court ruled that monetary donations are a version of speech. As such, the Court believed that this was a free speech issue and ruled in favor of the group on msnbc.com. This meant that the doors were opened to donors donating any amount of money that they wished to any candidate or cause of their choosing.
Now there is a counter group that exists which is called End Citizens United PAC. The political action committee is interested in overturning the ruling of the court and bringing back elections which do not permit unlimited political donations. After all, End Citizens United believes that such election are not truly free elections after all.
The PAC is interested in funding candidates for high office which believe as they do and want to end the Citizens United ruling. This is a group using the unlimited donation rules to their advantage to try to get them overturned at the end of the day. It may seem a little ironic to some, but the group feels that they are being pragmatic with the cards that they were handed.
It is quite clear to End Citizens United PAC that the ultimate goal is to have a Constitutional Amendment which will end the political contributions schemes that currently exist. There is little else that would be strong enough to stand the test of time in the eyes of those working on this campaign. It is probably true as anything short of an amendment could easily be challenged again in the courts.
Already the group is seeing results in the form of a lot more attention being focused on the issue that they care about. End Citizens United had a hero in a candidate like Bernie Sanders as well. Given all of this, the group feels that they are making progress even if they have not yet quite gotten all of the results that they want.